The Sad, Futile Greatness of Jacob deGrom

All the way back in 1910, when the balls were dead and Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie led in virtually all offensive categories, a rookie pitcher for the Cubs named Leslie Cole—more commonly known as “King”—had a season of dominance that would stand as the best of his career. Cole started 29 games for the National League-winning Cubs that season and posted a 1.80 ERA with a 20-4 win-loss record. And while the team lost the World Series to the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics, Cole...

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